We had a stowaway on our trip to Germany this week. A one Mr. Cruise Ship Mickey.
We bought Miles this Mickey Mouse on our Disney Cruise to Alaska last summer. He sleeps with it every night but lately he has taken to bringing it with him on adventures during the day.
One of my recent reads on early childhood development pointed out that toddlers often attach themselves to a stuffed animal that can act as their royal tester. If a situation is new or slightly scary, there is always Mickey to test the waters. My husband Clayton calls him Miles' personal Secret Service.
If we are heading to a new place, Miles quickly shoots his hands in the air and says, "I want Cruise Ship Mickey!"
Food is new and unfamiliar? Cruise Ship Mickey must try it out first.
Time to get fingernails trimmed? Mommy must trim Cruise Ship Mickey's fingernails first.
The world can be a scary and confusing place for a toddler so it is sweet that they can find comfort in something that can help them make sense of it all. Harmless and adorable.
We all made a point to keep a close eye on Cruise Ship Mickey as we toured the sometimes-scary castles of Bavaria. When we toured Neuschwanstein Castle, which was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Disney's Magic Kingdom, Miles was especially excited to "show Mickey his castle!"
But boy did that mouse get dingy!The very first thing I did when we arrived home yesterday was tie Mickey in a pillowcase and throw him in the gentle cycle. He was dry before bedtime. His pants are still a bit worn and his cap doesn't exactly look good as new, but at least he is airplane germ free!
What are the objects that your child uses as his/her own Secret Service life tester?